Explore the most popular cave trails near Salem with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

The trail was lightly travelled which was evident by the amount of spider webs I walked through. Over all the trail was clearly marked and the sites were beautiful. I would recommend long pants because of the underbrush and water proof shoes for the cave.

hiking
11 days ago

Path was well maintained and easy to read. The well was a really neat site to see.

hiking
1 month ago

If you go by the map on this app or use the directions you’ll wind up several miles down a dirt road at the driveway to a private residence. The best way to access the trail is via wading the river at the Pulltite campground or by floating the river.

I mapped the trail from the trailhead on the campground side, which is about midway through the campground. Park at the shower house and then walk on the paved road south about fifty yards to the trailhead, which is marked by a metal bar across the trail with a hiking sticker on it. That trail will take you to the river directly across from where the waters from the Pulltite spring meet the Current River. From there wade across the river (the deepest part at this crossing in August is about 4 1/2 feet deep).

On the other side there is sign pointing to the Pulltite spring and from there the trail is well defined and will lead you first to the cabin and then to the spring. There are some nice rock outcropping along the trail. The interior of the cabin is in rough shape but the structure is still holding up.

Trail starts at devil's well and contours through the hills with some steep sections. At the cave spur it becomes less maintained as it drops down to the river bottom. Along the river there is about 100 yards of stinging nettles that you have to walk through to get to the cave. Easily washed off at river, I filled water bottles with spring water and washed my legs on way back out. Trail along top goes through some pretty glades and finishes along a creek bottom coming out of the woods into the picnic area by a small lake. Really enjoyed this hike.

hiking
3 months ago

The loop trail and out and back trail to the cave total 5.3 miles. The loop trail mostly goes through forest but there are a couple of glades and some nice bluff views of the valley around the Current River.

Cave Spring is the highlight of the trail. Toward the bottom of the trail leading to the cave there are about 100 yards of stinging nettles that you will have to wade through before coming to the cave. You can then walk on a path back into the cave a little ways or stand in the Current River and enjoy the view of the cave and watch Northern Rough-winged Swallows flying about. The trail back to the trailhead follows for quite a ways what looks like an old logging road.

hiking
3 months ago

Short trail to stairs that lead down to an overlook where you can just see the surface of the largest underground natural lake in Missouri. The temperature drops at least ten degrees as you descend the stairs. A light activated by motion illuminates the lake surface.

hiking
4 months ago

Easy walk from the parking lot to some old rock steps leading to the cave entrance. The cave was closed when we were there but you can still stand in the mouth of the cave.

hiking
5 months ago

Quick, educational hike on a well maintained trail.

Short trail. Beautiful spring. Make sure you walk up the path. Noticed that people thought the spring was just the lower level. The spring itself is up higher.

Really cool place. Definitely check out the cavern while you're there too.

hiking
6 months ago

So amazing. There are stairs so be prepared. There used to be a neat barn on the way, but vandals burned it down.

Similar to what others said: gorgeous, yet lacking in signage and maintenance. As few hikers attempt it between May and September, however the low ranger staff can’t justify maintaining the path until September. I loved watching river otters cross the Current, as well as having my legs cleaned by minnows while wading.

nature trips
9 months ago

We found this place by chance a few years back. It was beautiful but had an eeriness to the location.

hiking
Monday, September 04, 2017

It's definitely a beautiful hike. Some notes I would like to put out....1. No signal at all so make sure you stay on the trail and don't get lost 2. If you are doing it in September, wear a hat because the spiderwebs are EVERYWHERE #raidersofthelostark 3. There is a dry river bed that has the potential to flood after crazy weather so plan accordingly 4. Wear bug spray, there are allot of horse flies when you sweat. Other than that... great views and pretty trail

hiking
Saturday, March 18, 2017

we hiked 6.26 miles... it was a great trail to hike..Not many people, had some great views on the cliff lookout, and the Spring Cave was pretty Cool..

hiking
Monday, March 06, 2017

If your in the area, this is a must do! Take a flashlight to look down into the well.

hiking
Monday, March 06, 2017

Really neat old cabin, just a few minutes walk off of the river. Beautiful Spring!

hiking
Saturday, February 04, 2017

No option for caving.
Very cool cave. Our tour guide was great and very knowledgeable.

Saturday, February 04, 2017

Awesome view of the spring.
Well worth the short hike.

camping
Saturday, February 04, 2017

A lot of people float to here.

hiking
Sunday, October 23, 2016

Hiked this on the Sunday of Labor Day weekend. Several cars at trailhead and saw others on trail. Lots of drunk, rowdy people at the cave spring so we didn't stay long there. Saw one copperhead sunning itself on the trial, but uneventful otherwise. Not very scenic, but a decent workout as we kept the pace a little under 20" miles and we finished a little under two hours. Almost entirely wooded/shaded. Gravely terrain made me glad I wore my Keen boots.

hiking
Tuesday, October 04, 2016

This trail was one of my favorites in MO! The cave was wonderful and trail was clean and picked up. Such a variety of nature if you do the entire loop! Moderate describes the difficulty perfect.

hiking
Monday, August 08, 2016

Pretty cool hike. Watch out for the Stinging Nettle once you get down close to the river.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Really neat!

Thursday, June 30, 2016

The spring is pretty! The cave tour is the best part though!

Sunday, April 10, 2016

The spring is totally worth it.

hiking
Thursday, March 03, 2016

Nice cabin, spring generally accessible when canoeing the Current River. Spring and cabin is a must stop when doing this stretch of the river. Nice lunch break area. Generally cool and shady.

hiking
Monday, January 25, 2016

Winter hike! The trail head was a bit tricky to find. Trail was muddy and a bit messy due to the flooding, but still clear cut. There is a great stone beach on the river. Extremely peaceful. Was somewhat strenuous when going up due to the mossy rocks. The info panels were nice to read about, but the mention of leaves are more useful in the summer.

hiking
Monday, October 26, 2015

Completed this hike today. The cave is awesome. Would be a great place to hike in and camp down by the cave.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

My wife and I found this place quite a few years ago just driving around. It is a very neat place to see. You will need to bring a flashlight for sure if you want to see down into the cavern.

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